September 15, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California study says unlicensed drivers are the most hazardous motorists on the road.
The Department of Motor Vehicles report says drivers without a valid license are nearly three times likely to cause a deadly crash. The drivers included those with revoked or suspended licenses and unlicensed drivers. The study says a percentage of drivers are unlicensed because of their legal status. California requires legal residency for a license.
The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that immigrant groups pushing to change the 1994 law requiring legal status welcome the study.
It's the DMV's first significant analysis of unlicensed drivers in 15 years.
The DMV recommends vehicle impoundment and other measures to address the issue but does not discuss the debate over giving driver licenses to illegal immigrants.
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